INTERNET PORTAL Yahoo has released its first transparency report and revealed that when governments come knocking they sometimes go away empty-handed.
According to the firm only a small number of its users have been affected by data requests, less than one percent.
The company reported that in the US there were 12,444 requests for data from 40,322 user accounts in the first six months of this year.
"Each country report shows how we processed the government data requests we received during this period. We include national security requests within the scope of our aggregate statistics," said Ron Bell, Yahoo general counsel.
"You will also see the number of accounts specified in these government data requests, which comprised less than one one-hundredth of one percent ( < 0.01 [percent]) of our worldwide user base."
Bell said that Yahoo tries not to roll over and cough up user information and has regularly challenged snooping requests.
"I want to highlight our approach to government data requests. Our legal department demands that government data requests be made through lawful means and for lawful purposes. We regularly push back against improper requests for user data, including fighting requests that are unclear, improper, overbroad or unlawful," he added.
"In addition, we mounted a two-year legal challenge to the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and recently won a motion requiring the US Government to consider further declassifying court documents from that case."
In the UK there were 1,709 requests on 2,832 accounts. Yahoo rejected almost 500 of these and disclosed content 347 times. The firm said that it assesses each request legally.
The US made 12,832 data requests on 40,322 accounts. It walked away with data around 10,000 times. The US holds the trophy for the most requests, even though Yahoo is not allowed to disclose information about national security requests.
Yahoo plans to release its transparency reports every six months. µ
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